NEW YORK –- Ryan Flaherty returned to the Orioles lineup from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. Flaherty, who had a sore right groin, is batting ninth and playing second base.
Flaherty and J.J. Hardy, who was reinstated on Thursday, played three games at Bowie. He was 3-for-12 with a home run.
In nine games, Flaherty is batting .300 with the Orioles. He has two home runs and four RBIs.
"Every time you get a chance to get in there and play and help the team win, it's exciting. And I have a chance,” Flaherty said.
For two weeks, Flaherty, Hardy and Jonathan Schoop were all on the disabled list. Had they not been so short of infielders, the Orioles might have tried to get by and not put Flaherty on the DL because he might have been able to play within a week.
“This is the first time I ever pulled a muscle in my life. It was just kind of a trial and error with me because I had never done it before,” Flaherty said.
He had some fun with Hardy when they were temporary Baysox players. Hardy hadn’t played for the Orioles this season until Thursday night.
"I think J.J. was in a little bit of a different boat. He was joking with me saying I better be ahead of him because it's been six weeks without hitting. I didn't need that many,” Flaherty said.
“I think any time you get a chance to play with J.J. it's a good thing. He has that ability to make everyone around him better just by being there. It was a good three days being able to play with him."
Rey Navarro, who was recalled from Norfolk when Flaherty was put on the disabled list was optioned to the Tides. He hit .316 with two RBIs in seven games with the Orioles.